Lay Witness Magazine

A Higher Standard: March/April 2003

CUF From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Teaching unsupported by grace may enter our ears, but it never reaches the heart. When God’s grace does touch our innermost minds to bring understanding, then His Word, which is received by the ear, can sink deep into the heart. —St. Isidore of Seville On the day he turned 50, Pope John XXIII wrote a letter to his parents in which he said: “Dear Mom and Dad, today I have reached 50 years of age. God has given me many positions in the Church, I have been to many places, … Continue reading

At A Glance – Primary Education

Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The Church has traditionally taught that the primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children. This formulation dates back at least as far as St. Isidore of Seville in the seventh century. In 1944, the Holy See unequivocally affirmed that the procreation and education of children is the one and only “primary end” of marriage. It is true, nonetheless, that over the past 50 years the Church has used slightly different terminology that gives greater attention to the unitive dimension of marriage. In any … Continue reading

Blessed Giuseppe Tovini: Apostle of Catholic Education

Michael J. Miller From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine The political unification of Italy in 1870 unleashed the forces of secularization in the territories that comprised the new kingdom. The Papal States and Rome itself were seized, religious orders were persecuted, divorce was legalized, and the government took over the schools. The Pope, Bl. Pius IX, now a “prisoner of the Vatican,” declared that it was “inexpedient” for Catholics to serve as elected officials in the new national government. Catholic laymen, however, sought to influence local governments by participating in administrative elections. Bl. Giuseppe Tovini (1841-95), a … Continue reading

Book Reviews – March/April 2003

“The Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc” and “The Courage to be Catholic” David Utsler and James Likoudis From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc by Joseph Pearce reviewed by David E. Utsler Ignatius Press, 2002.  I remember reading once that a person ought to read at least one biography a year. Why? Good biographies not only tell about the life of the individual, but teach about the historical period as well. But just reading one of Joseph Pearce’s biographies per year would still leave an abundant list. Pearce is … Continue reading

Chapter News – March/April 2003

Defending the Truth CUF From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Phoenix, AZ. Secretary Doris Kobrzycki of our Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Chapter writes that members recently heard a talk by Charlotte Williams of the Catholic Daughters of America. She is a custodian of the travelling missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Members also attended a special Mass celebrated by the “Kateri Tekakwitha Priest,” Fr. John Paret, S.J., who also gave a special blessing with a relic of Blessed Kateri to members and others who have been seriously ill. Members continue to be heavily engaged in pro-life work … Continue reading

Christ the Teacher: A Voice for All to Hear

Curtis Martin From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Just as our stomachs were made for food, so our minds were made for truth and our hearts for authentic happiness. That is why Jesus Christ is a teacher like no other. He speaks to us with the fullness of truth. When He speaks to us, He possesses an intimate knowledge of the one to whom He speaks. Because He created us, He knows us better than we know ourselves. He does not merely give us something that satisfies us, He is what truly satisfies. He is the way, … Continue reading

College Students on Their Needs: Students Lauch Eucharistic Adoration Campaign

Patrick J. Reilly From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “Even before I became Catholic, I felt a curiously strong pull to Eucharistic adoration,” says Jereme Hudson, a senior at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. Although the college is well-known for its thoroughly Catholic education—reflected both in its Great Books curriculum steeped in Catholic theology and its wholesome campus life—Jereme entered the college as a Southern Baptist. When curfew was dropped to allow students to participate in all-night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Jereme was intrigued. So he tagged along with a friend. “I felt uncomfortable … Continue reading

CUF Profile – Dr. John Crosby

CUF From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine Married/children: Married to Pia Wenisch and we have six children, ages six to 24. Education: B.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Salzburg (Austria). Occupation: Professor of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville. Favorite prayer: Divine Office. Favorite hymn: Cardinal Newman’s “Lead Kindly Light.” Patron Saint: St. John the Baptist. Last hole-in-one: No holes-in-one, but as a teenager I regularly broke 80. Books currently reading: Gabriel Marcel’s Creative Fidelity, and the philosophical papers of the Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. Favorite philosopher: Plato (“on whom all subsequent philosophy is a series of footnotes”). … Continue reading


Donald DeMarco From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine “HeartBeats” is a regular column on the virtues by popular Lay Witness contributor Donald DeMarco. Dr. DeMarco is a professor of philosophy at the University of St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, Ontario. The Many Faces of Virtue, a collection of essays on the virtues by Dr. DeMarco, may be ordered by calling Emmaus Road Publishing at (800) 398-5470. For information on other DeMarco titles, call Benedictus Books toll-free at (888) 316-2640. CUF members receive a 10% discount. Popular interest in the Olympic games involves a curious irony. Despite our … Continue reading

Ex Corde Ecclesiae Today

College Presidents on Catholic Identity and Ex Corde Ecclesiae CUF From the Mar/Apr 2003 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine In 1990, Pope John Paul II issued his apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae. This document lays out specific guidelines and outlines the defining characteristics of a truly “catholic” institution of higher learning. The document met some controversy, especially in the United States, where many “Catholic” universities espouse relativism in the name of tolerance and academic freedom. Lay Witness recently sent a letter to the presidents and administrators of several Catholic colleges and universities, posing this question: “What is … Continue reading